October 8, 2012

Lyndon harriers fare well at New England Open

WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Lyndon Cross Country teams sets 13 personal records at the New England Open Cross Country Championships held on Sunday Oct. 7 at Westfield State University.

The women were led by senior Cassie Tricou (New Haven, Vt.) in a personal record for a five-kilometer time of 21:09. Sophomore Ainsley Nettell, junior Meagan Swahn and sophomore Haley Joslyn also set PRs over the course.

The men were led by junior Kyle Powers (Waterford, Vt.) who covered the eight-kilometer course in a PR of 25:17 for 41st place overall. He was the first Vermont finisher, well ahead of the runners from the university of Vermont.

Powers was followed by senior Josh Grant (Nashua, N.H.) in 25:41, sophomore Tyler Scheibenpflug (Wolcott, Conn.) in 26:01 (PR), and Jimmy Bielli (Gloversville, N.Y.) in 27:35 (PR). The Hornets had a team time of 2:13:00 and averaged 26:36 for their top five runners, both were firsts for Lyndon. The men's team finished 27th out of a field of 37 teams, 30 of which were NCAA Division I or II schools.

The Hornets are next in action on Friday Oct. 12 when they travel to Colchester, Vt. for the annual Saint Michael's Invitational. Lyndoin Head Coach Chris Ummer was quite pleased with the team's efforts. "Both teams are beginning to perform as we expected them to. The men ran very well and with an effort like this they should be getting considered as a Top-10 New England team."